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Noise Codes & Complaints

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Noise Code (Local Law 113 of 2005)
The City's new noise code takes effect on July 1, 2007. Noise complaints continue to be the number one quality of life issue for New York City residents; however the City's old noise code was over 30 years old. The new legislation establishes a flexible, yet enforceable noise code that responds to the need for peace and quiet while maintaining New York's reputation as the "City that never sleeps".
Summary of the new noise code (PDF)
Complete text of the noise code (PDF)
Noise Code Penalty Schedule 15 RCNY §31-115 (PDF)
Airport Noise Study (PDF)
Transit Noise Study (PDF)


Requirements and Standards for Commercial Music
Under Local Law 113 for the year 2005, the new Noise Control Code was adopted. Amongst the many changes the new law brought into effect was the establishment of standards and procedures to reduce noise from commercial music. Rules have been adopted to set forth the requirements for avoiding imposition of a penalty for a first violation of the commercial music laws as well as the procedure to obtain a variance from the decibel limits in the Code for commercial music establishments and enterprises. Additionally, as nightclubs, restaurants, bars and cafes play an important role in the City’s economic development the DEP has developed a guidance document intended to assist those establishments that play music with information on a range of acoustical products, vendors, and professional services available to help control sound and vibration in their establishments and buildings. When applied properly, these acoustical tools may be helpful in reducing sound and vibration, and in achieving compliance with the New York City Noise Code, rules and regulations
Commercial Music Mitigation Rules
Commercial Music Variance
Noise Control Guidance for Nightlife Industry


Construction Noise Rules
The construction rules that were written in coordination with the new noise code will become effective on July 1, 2007. These rules establish a unique noise mitigation plan for each construction site, offering alternatives for contractors to continue their important construction tasks while having less noise impact on the surrounding environment.
Construction Noise Rules (PDF)


Vendor Guidance Document For Smaller Construction Jobs
The following is intended to provide guidance to construction contractors with respect to finding and selecting suitable noise control products used on smaller construction jobs. These products and vendors may be helpful to contractors for achieving compliance with the New York City Noise Regulations.
Vendor Guidance Document for Smaller Construction Jobs (PDF)


Minimal Noise Rule
The minimal noise rule sets forth a list of construction activities with minimal noise impact and specific noise mitigation measures applicable to such activities. Pursuant to that section, these rules set forth such a list and prescribe the methods and procedures that shall be used whenever any one or more of the construction activities with minimal noise impact are employed or performed.
Minimal Noise Rules (PDF)


Construction Noise Contact Sheet
All contractors should have the attached contact sheet posted on a fence outside their construction site.
Construction Contact Sheet


Construction Noise Mitigation Plan – Sample Form
In accordance with Section 24-220 of the New York City Administrative Code, any individual or entity performing construction work in the city, shall adopt and implement a noise mitigation plan for each construction site when any device or activity is conducted as defined in Section 24-219. The attached sample form of a noise mitigation plan is intended to inform the user of the required plan elements that a responsible party must include when the listed devices are being used on site, and the mitigation strategies and best management practices that are being employed as defined in 15RCNY Section 28-102.
Construction Noise Mitigation Sample Form (PDF)
Utility Noise Mitigation Sample Form (PDF)


Construction Noise Alternative Mitigation Plan– Sample Form
When required by Section 24-221 of the Administrative Code and or 15 RCNY Section 28-104, a complete and accurate Alternative Noise Mitigation Plan ["ANMP"] shall be filed when strict compliance with the noise mitigation rules is not possible. After review by DEP's technical staff, and when approval of this plan is warranted, such plan shall be conspicuously posted at the job site. When an ANMP is required, no construction activities, covered by such plan, shall take place until such plan is filed and subsequently approved by the DEP.
Construction Noise Alternative Mitigation Sample Form (PDF)
Certification of Undue Hardship (PDF)


Construction Noise Control Products and Vendor Guidance Sheets
The following is intended to provide guidance to construction contractors with respect to findings and selecting suitable noise control products. These products and vendors may be helpful to contractors for achieving compliance with the New York City Noise Regulations. These items are provided only as suggestions for contractors to consider and should not be construed as an official endorsement of any product and/or vendor by the City of New York. Contractors are free to choose other products/vendors that meet the requirements of such Code. This sheet will be updated from time to time as new noise control technologies gain acceptance.
Construction Noise Control Products and Vendor Guidance Sheet (PDF)


Noise Control for Building Interior Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Equipment Guidance Sheet
The following is intended to provide guidance and example resources for noise control inside buildings stemming from the operation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. HVAC equipment involves rotating machinery and air moving devices, all of which can generate noise and vibration levels that easily transfer into and transmit through a building’s interior. This is particularly true if the HVAC equipment is centrally located inside a building or on its roof as opposed to being in its basement.
Noise Control for Building Interior Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Equipment Guidance Sheet (PDF)


Noise Control for Building Exterior Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Equipment Guidance Sheet
The following is intended to provide guidance and example resources for noise control of building exterior heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. HVAC equipment involves rotating machinery and air moving devices which generate noise that can propagate through the open air to nearby noise sensitive locations. This is particularly true if the HVAC equipment is located on the roof of one building in close proximity or with a direct line of sight to an adjacent building.
Noise Control for Building Exterior Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Equipment Guidance Sheet


Requirements and Standards to be a Noise Consultant Form
On December 29th, 2005, Mayor Bloomberg signed Local Law 113 for the year 2005. The law amended the Administrative Code of the City of New York in relation to the Noise Control Code. Specifically, the law established standards and procedures to reduce noise from construction and commercial music, and established sound level standards and procedures for specific noise sources. The law also mandated the adoption of rules in section 24-231 of the Administrative Code. Pursuant to that section, these rules set forth the requirements to obtain a zero penalty for a first violation of section 24-231(a) as well as obtaining a variance from the decibel limits for commercial music establishments and enterprises. The rules also set forth the requirements and standards to be a noise consultant. The rules are authorized by section 1043 of the Charter of the City of New York as well as section 24-231 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York.
Requirements and Standards to be a Noise Consultant Form (PDF)
DEP-Approved Noise Consultant List (PDF)

Reservoir Levels

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Normal: 98.6%